Ford SYNC AppLink will give you complete freedom from phones while driving
The system will support voice commands which can be used to manage these apps efficiently while keeping full attention on driving. The app has already made its way into the recently launched Ford EcoSport with an aim to be installed in 7 million vehicles and set to reach into the interiors of 9 million vehicles around the world by 2015. Ford India becomes the first automaker to allow software developers to directly interface with the vehicle and are invited to visit Developer Program website, http://developer.ford.com.
SYNC® AppLink™ will permit integration with a range of smartphone apps and will be introduced in India with ESPNcricinfo, MapmyIndia, burrp!, Glympse and TuneIn Radio. For more information, scroll through the press release below.
Ford Showcases SYNC® AppLink™; Invites Developers To Redefine In-car Connectivity in 2014
· Voice-activated technology for hands-free connection between driver and smartphone applications; SYNC® AppLink™ showcased at Mobile Developer Summit in Bangalore
· Ford SYNC® AppLink™ to enhance driving experience for AppLink-enabled vehicles in India starting 2014
· Popular Global and Indian apps from ESPNcricinfo, MapmyIndia, burrp!, Glympse, TuneIn Radio planned to be introduced on SYNC® AppLink™ platform in India
· Ford becomes the first automaker in India to launch an open program allowing software developers to directly interface with the vehicle
BANGALORE, India, 10 October, 2013 – Did you ever wish you could stream Internet radio, listen to songs, cricket scores, traffic updates, search for restaurants, hotels and more without fumbling through phone menus while driving? Look no further!
With the introduction of SYNC® AppLink™ at the Mobile Developer Summit 2013 in Bangalore, Ford is all set to revolutionize the in-car experience for customers in India.
Another example of Ford going further on democratizing advanced technology, SYNC® AppLink™ will strengthen Ford’s technology footprint in India and reinforce its position as a leader in innovative, interactive features for vehicles.
SYNC® AppLink™ allows greater communication between smartphone apps and AppLink-equipped vehicles through voice commands and will be launched in India in 2014.
“We are excited about bringing SYNC® AppLink™ to India and will offer industry-exclusive voice control technology for smartphone apps thereby providing drivers the convenience to access content and information while on-the-go. SYNC® AppLink™ is an exciting addition to Ford’s class leading connectivity technology and goes further in personalizing the in-car experience.” says David Huang, senior manager at Ford Asia Pacific’s Technology and Business Development, Connected Services and keynote speaker at Mobile Developer Summit 2013.
With Ford SYNC® AppLink™, customers can control applications on their smartphones from the driver’s seat using voice controls through the Ford SYNC voice activated connectivity system.
SYNC® AppLink™ will allow greater integration with a range of smartphone apps. The platform is planned to be introduced in India with ESPNcricinfo, MapmyIndia, burrp!, Glympse, TuneIn Radio while encouraging app developers to come up and add new applications.
“India today has more than 65 million smartphone users who want to stay connected wherever they are. Keeping them in mind, Ford has been driving consumer focused innovation in automotive technology. The journey, which started with the introduction of Bluetooth connectivity in Ford Figo, has gone on to introduce the first in segment Voice Control in the Global Fiesta and the world class SYNC® technology in Ford EcoSport. With every step, we have allowed seamless connectivity, entertainment and convenience and are excited to take it forward with SYNC® AppLink™ keeping our customers in mind.” Vinay Piparsania, executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service said.
With its presence as the only automobile manufacturer at Mobile Developer Summit in Bangalore, Ford is reaching out to the mobile developer community to develop market specific apps in India and globally.
Undertaken through its Global Developer Program, Ford will invite software developers to create voice-activated mobile app experiences for Ford vehicles. The information to learn about the AppLink application programming interface (API) will be available on the Developer Program website, http://developer.ford.com. The developer site features online forums to discuss app development and related issues. Once submitted to Ford, an app is thoroughly tested and reviewed for usability and suitability for Ford AppLink-enabled vehicles. After Ford works out a distribution license with the developer, the app can be released to customers.
“Our participation at Mobile Developer Summit in Bangalore highlights that we are a developer-focused company. We understand that a vibrant app ecosystem is essential to the success of a platform for both users and developers. At Ford, we’re constantly looking to partner with developers aimed to research and reshape the role of the automobile to add value for our customers,” concluded David Huang.
Ford has set the benchmark for in-car connectivity systems with SYNC® powered by Microsoft now in more than 7 million vehicles with the forecast to reach an additional 9 million new customers around the world by 2015. Developers working with SYNC® AppLink™ will be able to create apps across a wide spectrum of categories to reach this growing base of Ford owners.